Catch the Fun on Free Fishing Day in Idaho

Saturday, June 9 is Idaho’s Free Fishing Day and the Idaho Fish and Game invites anglers, residents and nonresidents, to celebrate the day by fishing without a license.

Lack of fishing experience is no excuse. At special locations around the area, fishing equipment will be available for use and experts will be on hand to help novice anglers learn the ins and outs of fishing. Local events include:

Challis, Blue Mountain Meadow Pond, 8 a.m. to noon
Salmon, Kids Creek Pond, 8 a.m. to noon
Stanley, Sawtooth Kids Pond, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Though fishing license requirements are suspended for this special day, all other rules, such as limits or tackle restrictions, remain in effect.

All locations will be stocked with hatchery rainbow trout prior to the special day. Single-parent families are encouraged to attend and all children must be accompanied by an adult. While a limited number of rods and reels will be available for use during the event, participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment if possible.

For more information about fishing opportunities in the area, contact the Fish and Game office in Salmon at 208-756-2271 or visit